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Become A Reporter

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Working As A Reporter

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $40,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Reporter Do

A Reporter’s primary role is to gather and verify information about newsworthy events in order to write news stories for a publication or broadcast. They cooperate with other reporters, chief editors, or producers.

How To Become A Reporter

Employers generally prefer to hire reporters and correspondents who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.

Education

Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects.

Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.

Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.

Other Experience

Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations. These internships allow students the opportunities to work on stories and put together a portfolio of their best writing samples or on-air appearances.

Advancement

After gaining more work experience, reporters and correspondents can advance by moving from news organizations in small cities or towns to news organizations in large cities. Larger markets offer job opportunities with higher pay and more responsibility and challenges. Reporters and correspondents also may become editors or news directors.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Journalists must be able to report the news both verbally and in writing. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.

Computer skills. Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.

Objectivity. Journalists need to report the facts of the news without inserting their opinion or bias into the story.

Persistence. Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.

Stamina. The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.

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635 Reporter jobs

CBS Corporation
New York, NY
Reporter (freelance)

$48,360 Estimated

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Peterborough, NH
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

Brehm Communications, Inc.
Yucca Valley, CA
Reporter

$34,781 Estimated

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Peterborough, NH
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

RELX Group
Washington, DC
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

Adirondak Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake, NY
Reporter

$46,680 Estimated

Raycom Media
Wichita Falls, TX
Reporter MMJ

$40,500 Estimated

RELX Group
Los Angeles, CA
Reporter

$32,616 Estimated

Raycom Media
Augusta, GA
Reporter MMJ

$37,929 Estimated

Raycom Media
Louisville, KY
Reporter MMJ

$40,500 Estimated

Houston Business Journal
Houston, TX
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

Brehm Communications, Inc.
Price, UT
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

Raycom Media
West Palm Beach, FL
Reporter

$35,650 Estimated

Houston Business Journal
Houston, TX
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

Raycom Media
Baton Rouge, LA
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

The New York Times Company
New York, NY
Reporter, Archival Storytelling

$48,360 Estimated

Times Record
Fort Smith, AR
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

Tribune Company
San Diego, CA
Reporter

$34,781 Estimated

Hearst Television
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Reporter

$35,650 Estimated

Hearst Television
Westbrook, ME
Reporter

$40,500 Estimated

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Real Reporter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Oct 26, 2015 $150,000
Reporter The New York Times Company New York, NY Nov 08, 2016 $121,923
Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $113,313
Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY May 16, 2016 $113,313
First Word Equities Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $110,000
Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $106,700
Reporter Bloomberg, LP Washington, DC Jul 25, 2016 $101,000
Private Equity Reporter Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Aug 05, 2015 $96,211
Congress Reporter Politico LLC Arlington, VA Jan 10, 2016 $94,099 -
$105,000
Energy Policy Reporter Argus Media, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 11, 2016 $88,982
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Top Skills for A Reporter

DailyNewspaperFeatureNewsCoverageNewsStoriesVideoGeneralAssignmentStoriesWebPhotographyFacebookTwitterJournalismInvestigativeStoriesWeeklyPaperLocalGovernmentLocalNewsOn-AirNewsArticlesCommunityEventsCountyGovernmentHumanInterestStories

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Top Reporter Skills

  1. Daily Newspaper
  2. Feature
  3. News Coverage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served as reporter for daily newspaper serving approximately 45,000.
  • Covered meetings, developed, wrote feature stories and took photos.
  • Aided capitol correspondent in news coverage and archival duties during Minnesota legislative session.
  • Reported and produced packages for local, national and international broadcast; Wrote news stories for the web using AP print style
  • Developed broadcast pieces for air Performed video editing

Top Reporter Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Reporter

  1. Newslink, Inc.
  2. UATV
  3. Cronkite News
  4. CBS
  5. The Daily Voice
  6. KTSW
  7. Associated Press
  8. KBIA Radio
  9. Community Impact Newspaper
  10. Austin American-Statesman
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